‘My views on godfatherism in Lagos were thought out’ – El-rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday said he has no apology over his godfatherism comment in Lagos State.

The Kaduna Governor spoke to State House Correspondents in Abuja on Monday, after a visit he paid to President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Villa.

At an event organised by the Bridge Club in Lagos, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and three-time commissioner in Lagos State, Dr Muiz Banire, had asked El-Rufai how godfatherism could be dealt with.

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When journalists asked the governor to clarify his statement on godfatherism in Lagos, he said: “We are in the same party. We get along very well as far as I am concerned. I don’t know if he is the godfather of Lagos. What I know for sure is that we have retired godfathers in Kaduna and I have told those that asked the question that there are six million voters in Lagos. And only one million voted in the last elections.
So, there are five million people you can bring to the electoral playground and you can defeat anyone if you work hard. But it’s hard work, it’s four years. That’s what I said. If anyone feels offended by that; that’s his business, not my business.

I have no apology. I don’t apologise for my views. I don’t need to explain anything to anyone. This is a democracy. There must be room for people to express their views.”

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